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  • Apple Removes World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet from the App Store


    Apple recently removed Blockchain from the App Store due to an “unresolved issue,” leaving roughly 120,000 users of the only iOS-compatible Bitcoin trading and storage app available. Blockchain CEO Nicolas Cary told Wired that Apple didn’t offer a detailed explanation as to why the app was pulled, saying only that the title was “removed from the App Store due to an unresolved issue.”

    With over one million users worldwide using software on numerous operating systems, Blockchain is touted as the “world’s most popular” wallet service for Bitcoins. Apple’s move may not come as a surprise to some as the company has a history of denying app submissions that allow users to trade the world’s most popular digital currency.

    In November, an iOS Bitcoin wallet app from San Francisco startup Coinbase was removed, while another from Gliph was forced to disable transactions in order to stay in the App Store according to Bloomberg. Being a peer-to-peer “virtual currency” that exists only in the digital realm, Bitcoin has been met with resistance from governments that hate to recognize it as a legitimate form of money. Most Bitcoin trading occurs online but exchanges that convert Bitcoins to traditional currencies like dollars and euros do exist.

    Although the US doesn’t have any written laws against the trade of Bitcoins, Apple’s multinational App Store requires developers adhere to the laws of the territory in which their apps are offered. This doesn’t explain however why the Blockchain app was yanked from all areas after being active in the App Store debut in 2012.

    The apparent demise of Blockchain for iOS leaves Bitcoin traders no recourse on Apple’s mobile system, though price tracking apps like Coinbits and Bitcoin Tracker are still available.

    Source: Bloomberg, Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Removes World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet from the App Store started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      If it's not illegal then it's political. I bet Obama's DOJ had something to do with it.
    1. camxposure's Avatar
      camxposure -
      because you could hack the app and gain bitcoins- although it was discovered prior to trading for real money or things of real value-
      I used it buy only credits for online access to fileshare- had I only known.... DAMN IT

      L Ron Hubbarb tried to buy an e-meter with bitcoin
    1. Reeiiko's Avatar
      Reeiiko -
      Blockchain is in Cydia for anyone who wants it.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Funny, I downloaded block chain last weekend... Just before it got pulled...
    1. Pir8pete's Avatar
      Pir8pete -
      F apple and there tight aZZ holes, cydia all the way
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Got it from Cydia anyway last month. LOL!
    1. sladyrko's Avatar
      sladyrko -
      Hope they will BAN this sh*t forever! I don't want one more currency! Once hackers find out they can steal millions, it will be done..!
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      If it's not illegal then it's political. I bet Obama's DOJ had something to do with it.
      lol
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      iPhone6 (IOS8) built in bitcoin app lol the next big thing from Apple.
    1. cainy393's Avatar
      cainy393 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      Hope they will BAN this sh*t forever! I don't want one more currency! Once hackers find out they can steal millions, it will be done..!
      If you can reverse an SHA-256 hash then I will believe you, but since that's impossible I'll assume the hundreds of pounds worth of bit coins I have are extremely secure and safe.
    1. sladyrko's Avatar
      sladyrko -
      Quote Originally Posted by cainy393 View Post
      If you can reverse an SHA-256 hash then I will believe you, but since that's impossible I'll assume the hundreds of pounds worth of bit coins I have are extremely secure and safe.
      Yes, people from Target said the same... See them now.. There is nothing impossible.. If someone can create something, there are 1 million people who can try to break it.. And some of them will success :-))
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by cainy393 View Post
      If you can reverse an SHA-256 hash then I will believe you, but since that's impossible I'll assume the hundreds of pounds worth of bit coins I have are extremely secure and safe.
      I'd put my money in google stock before I ever bought a bitcoin or anything similar.
    1. cainy393's Avatar
      cainy393 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      I'd put my money in google stock before I ever bought a bitcoin or anything similar.
      It isn't a stock or investment for your money, it is a currency.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by cainy393 View Post
      It isn't a stock or investment for your money, it is a currency.
      A currency doesn't lose 10% of its value overnight.
    1. cainy393's Avatar
      cainy393 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      A currency doesn't lose 10% of its value overnight.
      It's exchange rate in dollars may have dropped but that doesn't mean it's lost value. Those who use bitcoin properly use it irrespective of it's fiat equivalent. It is a separate currency, not a commodity or stock.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      Hope they will BAN this sh*t forever! I don't want one more currency! Once hackers find out they can steal millions, it will be done..!
      The Federal Reserve is independent of government oversight and regulations... The FED is a foreign entity and has long ago abolished the gold standard to the point where all the money they create is not much different than a crypto-currency such as Bitcoin or the many others... Sure, there is nothing backing Bitcoin and the value is based on supply and speculation... There is no real substance backing the paper we've all lived our lives to earn, save and spend either... We have been enslaved in modern society through worthless pieces of paper that are somehow still so valuable that we have to work most all our lives at jobs for others just so we can scrape by... If the FED can create money when and how they want, why not a crypto currency like Bitcoin? I don't see why people are saying ish like it should be banned...

      The government needs to ban the Federal Reserve first... Learn some basic facts as to who and how our money is created and controlled... Give the power of issuing money to the government or to the people, and take it away from foreign banking entities...

      "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. -Woodrow Wilson, a few years after signing the federal reserve act of 1913

      “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.

      “The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.” The Rothschild brothers of London writing to associates in New York, 1863.

      “The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England in 1694, then a privately owned bank

      “The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization.” Otto von Bismark (1815-1898), German Chancellor, after the Lincoln assassination

      "When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

      "The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity." -Abraham Lincoln

      History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." -James Madison

      If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." – Thomas Jefferson in the debate over the Re-charter of the Bank Bill (1809)
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Would you put your life savings into bitcoin? Btw how is bitcoin doing right now? I heard it used to be worth $1300 for one day. Now it has half that value. Possibly next week it will hit $0.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      nothing brings out the paranoid like bitcoin.